Old Bay Chicken Burgers

Old Bay Chicken Flat Bread Burgers With Caramelized Onions

Within the last year I have discovered ground chicken. I don’t know what took me so long, but it’s such a versatile ingredient to play around with! The first time I used it was actually earlier this year in Beggar’s Stew. Since then you will often find a package in my freezer.

Burgers are perhaps the most obvious choice when using ground chicken and this burger combines the old timey burger feel, with the zing and pop of Old Bay seasoning. If you’re a fan of Old Bay then this burger is for you!

What You’ll Need:
1 pound of ground chicken
1 large sweet onion, divided, half chopped fine, half cut into strips
Old Bay Seasoning
Extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt
Flat bread
Burger toppings of your choice

In a large bowl mix together ground chicken and chopped onion, along with a tablespoon of Old Bay seasoning. Mix together (it’s best to get your hands in there and just squish it all together!) until everything is incorporated.

Shape into three patties and then sprinkle the tops with more Old Bay seasoning:

Old Bay Chicken Flat Bread Burgers With Caramelized Onions: Ready to Cook

Preheat oven to 425 F.

In a large skillet cook burgers until each side is browned and then place in a glass baking dish:

Old Bay Chicken Flat Bread Burgers With Caramelized Onions: Ready to Bake

Place in preheated oven and cook for 20-25 minutes until done through. (Note: I like to finish these up in the oven to be sure that they do indeed cook through. Raw chicken is not something you want to bite into!)

While burgers are baking start your onions.

Place the onion strips into a large skillet with a little extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of sea salt. Cook, stirring often, until slightly caramelized:

Old Bay Chicken Flat Bread Burgers With Caramelized Onions: Onions Caramelizing

Once burgers are done remove from oven and let sit for 2-3 minutes:

Old Bay Chicken Flat Bread Burgers With Caramelized Onions: Baked

While burgers are resting toast your flat bread until nice and golden:

Old Bay Chicken Flat Bread Burgers With Caramelized Onions: Flat Bread and Swiss

Top each toasted flat bread with a burger, some cheese (if desired) and onions:

Old Bay Chicken Flat Bread Burgers With Caramelized Onions: Ready to Top

You can also top with any other burger fixings/condiments that you like.

I like to serve this with sweet potato oven fries.

Notes: If you don’t care for Old Bay (sacrilege! ;)) you can omit that and add in thyme and rosemary or some other seasoning.

Chicken Pizza Burgers

Chicken Pizza Burgers

Each aspect of this “recipe” is a recipe in and of itself. You’ve had two days of previews of what was coming without actually knowing it! Today we’re going to take the recipes from the previous two days (Tomato Sauce and Sandwich Buns) and combine them with a Chicken Burger to make Chicken Pizza Burgers!

For a while now I’ve had a growing aversion to ground beef. I still eat it and use it in recipes from time to time, but actually handling it sort of makes me ill. Recently I finally got around to trying ground chicken and I was very pleased with it as an alternative to ground beef! Mushrooms are great as a meat substitute too, but sometimes I just want something with a little more bite. I decided to try a chicken burger, but also thought it needed to be kicked up a notch so this is the end result!

I also thought it would be fun playing around with a baked burger to see how it would turn out and I must say I think the process worked great! It kept a lot of the juiciness within the burger instead of letting it drip out in the process of grilling or pan frying. I want to experiment with this method with other types of burgers in the future.

But for now sit back, relax and let’s make some Chicken Pizza Burgers!

What You’ll Need:
1 pound of ground chicken
1 cup chopped red onion
1 – 6 ounce jar of mushrooms, drained
1 cup of bread crumbs
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoon of dried oregano
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
Extra virgin olive oil
Tomato Sauce (Note: You can use ready made pizza sauce if you want.)
Sandwich Buns (Note: You can purchase buns if you want.)
Pizza cheeses (Note: I used Mozzarella, Parmesan, Romano and Asiago.)

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Dump ingredients into a glass bowl and work together with your hands until all ingredients are incorporated and the mixture is moist and sticks together. (Note: The ground chicken I got was pretty moist. If you have trouble getting it to come together because there isn’t enough moisture you can always add 1 beaten egg. I don’t think you’ll need it though.)

Form into 6-8 patties and place in a baking dish that has been brushed with olive oil:

Chicken Pizza Burgers: Ready to Bake

Bake for 1 hour to ensure they are done through. Remove from the oven and start your assembly.

First you’ll place your cooked chicken burger on a bun:

Chicken Pizza Burgers: Ready For Sauce

Next you want to top the burger with some tomato sauce:

Chicken Pizza Burgers: Ready For Cheese

Then you want to top with your favorite Pizza cheese(s):

Chicken Pizza Burgers: Last Step

After that you’ll put the bun on top and eat!

Notes: Obviously this is a fork and knife kind of burger, unless you really want to get messy. You could also do this method with any type of ground meat…beef, turkey, pork, etc. I actually ate one of the patties in this form and froze the rest of them for later.

Onion Burgers

Onion Burger

As a kid when we used to camp at the lake all summer we ate a lot of burgers. One of my mom’s friends made the best onion burgers! She used onion soup mix in the meat and worcestershire sauce and they were delicious. On the 4th of July we usually spent the day together and she always made those burgers!

The other day I was thinking about my mom’s friend and her burgers and I decided to play around in the kitchen with what I had on hand and see if I couldn’t put something together that was similar. The result was delicious! Pair the burgers with some oven “fries” and you’ve got the perfect meal!

What You’ll Need:
1 pound of ground beef or turkey
1/3 cup of A1 Steak Sauce
1 small onion, chopped fine (I used a red onion…Which the name of by the way irritates me…It’s purple people! 😉 )
Freshly ground black pepper

In a bowl mix all ingredients until completely incorporated. (Note: The best way to do this is either in your mixer or with your hands.) Form into patties and cook until desired doneness. Top with your favorite burger toppings.

Makes 2-4 burgers depending on how big you like your burger.

Onion Burger

Notes: I don’t add salt to this personally because the A1 is salty enough in and of itself to me. I also use the leanest grass fed beef available or the leanest ground turkey.

Stuffed Mushroom and Irish Cheddar Burger with Cajun Oven Fries

Stuffed Mushroom and Cheddar Burger with Cajun Oven Fries

I rarely eat red meat. I rarely eat meat at all for that matter, but for the past several years red meat has made my stomach hurt. Sure I enjoy the taste, but I usually regret the consequences. Last night when I discovered that I was out of Boca Burgers I decided to try my hand at a stuffed burger. The burger turned out great and for once it didn’t bother my stomach either! This burger is deliciously tangy, with a “surprise” in the middle! If you like burgers, you’ll LOVE this one…Try it!

What You’ll Need for the Stuffed Mushroom and Irish Cheddar Burger:
2 pounds of lean ground beef
1 packet of onion soup mix
1/2 cup of A1 Steak Sauce
4 ounces of Kerrygold Aged Cheddar, cut into small slices (Or any cheddar will do, I just particularly like the Kerrygold variety!)
8 small button mushrooms, sliced

Mix beef, soup mix and steak sauce until fully incorporated and form into 4 patties and then follow the directions below.

First, make each patty into a “nest”:

Stuffed Mushroom and Cheddar Burger: Nest

Next line your “nest” with cheddar:

Stuffed Mushroom and Cheddar Burger: Add the Cheese

Now add a layer of mushrooms over the cheese:

Stuffed Mushroom and Cheddar Burger: Add the Mushrooms

Form patty over the center ingredients to seal in the cheese and mushrooms:

Stuffed Mushroom and Cheddar Burger: Sealed and Ready to Cook

Cook the burgers over medium heat to your specifications. I like mine medium well to well done. (Or about 10 minutes for that level of doneness.)

Stuffed Mushroom and Cheddar Burger: Cooked

And inside you have a yummy “surprise”!

Stuffed Mushroom and Cheddar Burger: The Center

Top burger with condiments of your choice and enjoy!

Makes 4 burgers.

What You’ll Need for the Cajun Oven Fries:
2 large russet potatoes, cut into strips
Extra virgin olive oil
Cajun seasoning
Sea salt (Note: The Cajun seasoning I use does NOT have added salt. If you are using a brand that does, then omit the salt)

Preheat oven to 425 F.

Toss potatoes with a little olive oil and sprinkle Cajun seasoning over them and a little sea salt. Bake for 15-20 minutes until done through and slightly crispy.

Makes 4 servings.